Stories and story telling in first-levellanguage learning: a re-evaluation

Robert W. Blair

Abstract


This paper proposes that in the midst of all our theories on language teaching and
language learning, we might have overlooked an age-old tool that has always been at the
disposal of mankind; the telling of stories. Attention is drawn to how some have found in
stories and story telling a driving force of natural language acquisition, a key that can
unlock the intuitive faculties ofthe mind. A case is being made out for the re-instalment of
stories and associated activities as a means of real, heart-felt functional communication in
a foreign language, rather than through a direct assault on the structure of the language
itself.
Met hierdie artikel word daar voorgestel dat daar opnuut gekyk moet word na 'n
hulpmiddel wat so oud is as die mensheid self en wat nog altyd tot ons beskikking was,
naamlik stories en die vertel daarvan. Die aandag word daarop gevestig dat daar persone
is wat in stories en die verbale oordrag daarvan 'n stukrag ontdek het tot natuurlike
taalvaardigheid, 'n sleutel tot die intultiewe breinfunksies. Daar word 'n saak uitgemaak
vir die terugkeer na stories en gepaardgaande aktiwiteite as middel tot 'n egte, diep
deurleefde en funksionele wyse van kommunikasie in 'n vreemde taal, eerder as 'n direkte
aanslag op die taalstruktuur self.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5785/1-2-502

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